71st RRT Conference International on Appropriate Pedagogy of the Digital Natives
The 71st Rajagiri Round Table Conference International will be held on Wednesday, the 19 of May 2021 from 6 PM to 8 PM via Zoom.
The transition from in-class learning to online learning following the pandemic outbreak in March 2020 was made possible with digital technologies, connectivity and mobile and web applications. Even as the teachers and parents initially struggled to get to terms with virtual learning, the young children could easily adapt to it because they were digital natives. They were born seeing the mobile gadgets and devices and learn to swipe even before they write the first letters. There are around 1.15 billion mobile phone users in the country and out of which 775 million have internet access. Online reach is near perfect in the country, with additional services via radio, television, etc. It looks as if, India could survive with the online or blended model of education in the future.
Several educational service providers enabled the delivery of quality education through innovative technologies including mobile apps to support or even to replace conventional teaching-learning. Many new big businesses were developed in the learning space, including Byjus Apps, Unacademy, upGrad, etc. Several other service providers including Google were offering their services free of cost for the education sector. All of them aim at bringing better clarity to the learning of the available contents.
However, there are a set of major questions that go unattended in this digital transition of education. What will be the nature of the life and workspaces to tomorrow? It is said that nearly 50 per cent of subject knowledge acquired during the first year of a four-year technical degree becomes outdated by the time students’ complete graduation. According to another report, 65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that do not yet exist! The future careers and workspaces are expected to turn Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous or simply VUCA! Hence, it requires absolute preparedness and flexibility to be able to take up the unheard-of jobs and services emerging on a global platform.
In this context, the 71stRajagiri Round Table Conference will be held on the topic: Appropriate Pedagogy of the Digital Natives addressing the 4 key issues:
1) Is the pedagogy followed by the education technology giants sound enough to prepare new-generation learners for future life and workspaces?
2) What are the changes in the life and workspaces anticipated in the wake of the Information and Digitalization Revolution underway?
3) What kinds of new approaches are required by a typical pedagogy of the digital natives to secure their success in education?
4) How can we instil an entrepreneurial spirit in the new generation of learners to help them build up their career, and the nation as a hotspot of the startup revolution?